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Clinical Cases: TVNS only Ma.Mi, Te. Ca

By | January 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern These data sets are in two patients who showed some improvement in their autonomic balance with estim, or Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) as shown by HRV.  I wanted to see what their data would look like without the needling, just estim.  In both cases, they showed improved autonomic [...]

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Acupuncture for Fertility and HRV (Br.Vi)

By | September 27th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This data is from a patient I successfully treated for fertility a few years ago.  She is now back for "round two." I will probably keep this data on draft until we know what happens vis a vis pregnancy.  Given that many of the acupuncture protocols are aimed at improving uterine blood flow, and vagal [...]

HRV during paced breathing and mental stress in Migraineurs

By | March 26th, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Relief from Headaches In this article, they didn't see much difference between migraineurs and controls except in possibly more sympathetic response to stressors.  I would agree with that, given what I've seen in the clinic.  I can't account for the fact that even with dramatically successful treatment, that over reaction does not seem [...]

Cluster Headache Acupuncture Strategies

By | September 12th, 2015|Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Kinda great that this made it into the British Medical Journal.  This article shows the merit of understanding the physiology behind clinical conditions. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Sep 10;2015. Acupuncture for episodic cluster headache: a trigeminal approach. Hayhoe S1 1Department of Pain Management, Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, UK. Abstract [...]

High Blood Pressure Treatment and What Happens Next

By | September 5th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Relieving high blood pressure without drugs can be key in many populations, i.e. elderly people who can't tolerate medications, men whose sex lives suffer with medications, women who would like to conceive  etc... Case Study: A vital man in his 70's working as a painting contractor would like to reduce his dependence on high blood pressure [...]

Autonomic Function, HRV, in Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

By | May 30th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

 This article looks at autonomic balance before and after a series of 12 acupuncture sessions.  (Update: full article text here.)What they say is that the patients with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis have a higher resting heart rate to start, and blunted cardiovascular response to cold pressor test.  This is fascinating to me since one of the [...]

Even Marathon Runners Can Be Sedentary

By | November 5th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Hard to believe the owner of these legs might get diabetes... Pretty scary that even if you're a marathon runner, the amount of sitting you put in daily is bad for your health!  Even standing is better, and some are even resorting to treadmill desks.  It's our world now, where everything is shared [...]

Acupuncture for Insomnia

By | October 28th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Sleep better with Acupuncture! Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:163850. doi: 10.1155/2013/163850. Epub 2013 Sep 18.  Free article here. Efficacy of acupuncture for primary insomnia: a randomized controlled clinical trial.Guo J, Wang LP, Liu CZ, et al Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Capital Medical University, 23 [...]

Astra Essence for Longer Life

By | September 17th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

I thought I would copy this message from Health Concerns in its entirety.  As many of my patients know, I'm a huge fan of Astra Essence and have been taking it for years.  It not only helps to stave off illness but counters the aging process.  The main ingredient, astragalus, has been linked to healthier [...]

HRV, Autonomics, and Tinnitus

By | September 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Tinnitus can be disabling Yet another study on tinnitus and the autonomic nervous system as measured with HRV. In this study, no acupuncture is performed, they are just getting HRV profiles of tinnitus sufferers versus normals.  It compares patients with acute and chronic tinnitus to a control population.  They measured HRV for 5 [...]

Acupuncture: A type of hormesis?

By | September 8th, 2013|Fitness and Health, Stress|

Cold Water. A type of hormesis? In working on the poster and exploring alternative models for acupuncture effectiveness for the "Discussion" section, I came across this article as cited in "Getting Stronger," a blog devoted to hormesis. Interesting stuff. "External stressor-induced initial changes in the level of controlled variables are first detected by [...]

Moxibustion and Immune Function

By | September 7th, 2013|Acupuncture research|

What follows are two studies on moxibustion and immune function.  I have become particularly interested in moxibustion because 1) Moxibustion may operate on a different biological model instead of electrical activity. 2) Moxibustion is a therapy that patients can do on their own at home. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2013 May;33(5):415-8. [Impacts of moxibustion on erythrocyte [...]

Leg Cramp Remedies from New York Times

By | August 13th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

I get asked about this fairly frequently.  One common remedy that a patient  told me about was to drink one Gatorade a day. (I'm not sure what size.)   Nighttime leg cramps are a common problem: As many as 6 in 10 adults report experiencing them at some time. But researchers are not sure what [...]

Nerve Growth Factor and Dementia: Acupuncture Effects

By | July 1st, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, uncategorized|

This is from the lab of Manni et al.  I've been following his work for awhile because of his work on allergies and acupuncture. My previous post discussed his approach to the topic, also involving Nerve Growth Factor (NGF.) J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;33(3):767-73. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-121309. Brain cholinergic markers and Tau phosphorylation are altered in experimental [...]

Acupuncture for Orthostatic Hypotension

By | June 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

The findings of this study are at odds with studies that show acupuncture at PC6 causes parasympathetic enhancement, not sympathetic enhancement.  So not exactly sure what to make of this one.  Only the abstract is available unfortunately, since I would be interested to see exactly how they measured the HRV.  Also, using healthy volunteers may [...]

Acupuncture for Tigers?

By | June 12th, 2013|uncategorized|

Tiger Acupuncture in Israel. How Amazing!  And, yes, the tiger was sedated... RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — Veterinarians are trying acupuncture to cure a Sumatran tiger at an Israeli zoo. The 14-year-old tiger, named Pedang, suffers from a chronic ear infection. On Sunday, a holistic medicine professional tried acupuncture on him, pricking him with several [...]

Acupuncture and Isometric Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis

By | June 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Fitness and Health|

Knee osteoarthritis has been one true success story for acupuncture research.  In this study, they compare acupuncture and isometric exercise for knee osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, they don't describe the isometric exercises well. At. all. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S73-7. Comparison of the effects of acupuncture and isometric exercises on symptom of knee osteoarthritis.Saleki M, [...]

Acupuncture Works for High Blood Pressure

By | June 10th, 2013|Autonomic Nervous System, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Acupunct Electrother Res. 2013;38(1-2):1-15. The effect of acupuncture on high blood pressure of patients using antihypertensive drugs.Cevik C, Iseri SO. Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry, Director of The Acupuncture Clinic & The Coordinator of The Acupuncture Certificate Courses, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara/Turkey. Abstract Blood pressure control is an important component of cardiovascular disease prevention. Despite [...]

Acupuncture for Turtles

By | May 21st, 2013|Clinical Acupuncture Cases|

This is such a great story. "They haven't been eating in a couple of weeks, so they don't have the energy that it takes to be able to fight off some of these things," said Connie Merigo, head of the aquarium's marine rescue team. Vets used laser therapy, antibiotics, enriched meals and other treatments to [...]

Comprehensive Article on the Physiology of PC6

By | May 18th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Destress with Acupuncture I'm posting this article because it is a treasure trove of the most recent physiology behind the Acupuncture Point PC6, used classically for heart conditions, but famous in latter day culture for its effects on nausea (magnet sea bands), but also thought to increase vagal nerve activity.  Increasing vagal nerve [...]